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Stuart Woods Biography & Facts

Stuart Woods (born Stuart Chevalier Lee; January 9, 1938 – July 22, 2022) was an American novelist, known best for his first novel Chiefs and his series of novels featuring the Stone Barrington character. Early life Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia, and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. After graduation, he enrolled in the Air National Guard, spending two months in basic training before moving to New York City, where he began a career in the advertising industry. Towards the end of the 1960s, Woods emigrated to England and lived in Knightsbridge, London while continuing to work in advertising. After three years in London, Woods decided to write a novel, based on an old family story that had been told to him when he was a child, and moved to Ireland. He moved into a converted barn on the grounds of Lough Cutra Castle near Gort, County Galway, and lived a near-solitary existence, except for spending two days a week in Dublin writing television commercials and print advertisements. Sailing Soon after settling in Ireland in 1973, Woods took up a new hobby of sailing, an activity that had interested him since the summer of 1966 in Castine, Maine, when friends had taken him on their boat. He joined Galway Bay Sailing Club, and learned to sail in one of the club's Mirrors. Woods purchased a Mirror for himself and named it Fred, after his dog. After tiring of cruising around bays, he entered novice competitions around Galway Bay. Unable to find a reliable person to form his crew, Woods recruited any passing teenager to join him. He entered the week-long National Championships at Lough Derg, and finished 39th out of a fleet of 60. It was Woods' best result of the season. The following year, Woods sailed in as many races as he could leading up to the Mirror National Championships in Sligo. After retiring from the first race, he finished in 25th place out of 70 boats in the second race, and finished eighth in the third race. The fourth race was cancelled due to high winds and the number of teenaged entrants. He finished the event 29th out of 70 boats, and his crewmate and he were given a special prize for being the oldest and heaviest crew. For the rest of the season, he sailed around Ireland with a friend on a Snapdragon 24, and decided to compete in the 1976 Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR). In the fall of 1974, Woods's grandfather died and bequeathed him enough money to buy a yacht suitable for the race. He ordered a Golden Shamrock-based yacht from Ron Holland, and worked with him on designing the interior suitable for single-handed racing and Woods' personal needs. Since his previous sailing experience consisted of "racing a 10-foot plywood dinghy on Sunday afternoons against small children, losing regularly", Woods spent 18 months learning more about sailing and celestial navigation, while his yacht was being built in Cork. He gained more boating experience by sailing from Ireland to England as part of the crew on STY Creidne, a training ship purchased by the Irish government for the Irish Naval Service, Irish Mist II, Ron Holland's Golden Apple, and as many other yachts that would accept him, amassing 1200 miles of offshore experience. He entered the August 1975 Multihull Offshore Cruising and Racing Association (MOCRA) Azores Race and asked fellow Galway Bay Sailing Club member Commander Bill King to join him. To finance his MOCRA Azores Race and the OSTAR, Woods met with publishers about writing a book about his experience in the OSTAR, organized sponsorship for the races, and sent invitations and press releases about the launch of his yacht to the local and national Irish media, RTÉ, The Observer, and Yachting Monthly. Golden Harp was launched June 4, 1975. "Golden" was chosen so the boat followed the naming tradition of Ron Holland's other designs, the Golden Apple, Golden Shamrock, and Golden Delicious, and "Harp" as it has long been used as a symbol of Ireland. Woods, King, and their third crewmember, Shirley Clifford, left from Portsmouth, England, for the Azores in August 1975. Clifford, who had complained of feeling ill the day before the race began, continued to feel worse, so Woods and King dropped her off on a coast guard boat near Plymouth, England, on the second day of the race. They arrived in Horta after sailing 1400 miles for 151⁄2 days. They were the smallest and last boat to finish, other than four boats that had retired from the race, but were disqualified for not competing with the full crew complement that had begun the race. King returned to Ireland almost immediately, but Woods spent a month in Horta before sailing Golden Harp the 1300 miles back to Ireland single-handedly to meet the OSTAR's qualifying cruise requirement of a minimum of 500 miles. Upon his return to Ireland in the late fall of 1975, Woods appeared on the Irish version of To Tell the Truth with Ron Holland and John McWilliam. All three men claimed to be Woods, and a panel had to guess who was lying. Only one of the four panelists guessed correctly. Preparing for his OSTAR race, he petitioned the OSTAR Committee to be considered an Irish entry, as although he was an American, he had been living in Ireland for some time, had learned to sail from Irish yachtsmen on Irish boats, and his yacht was Irish designed and built. The committee agreed to allow him to be entered under Irish colors. Becoming a published writer Woods wrote an account of his OSTAR experience, and was introduced to Stanford Maritime, a London-based publishing house specializing in nautical books, by Ron Holland. Blue Water, Green Skipper was published in 1977. The American publishing rights were sold to W.W. Norton. Woods' second book was to be written about the 1977 Round Britain Yacht Race, but the book was cancelled because of light winds and calms during the race. He persuaded his publishers to allow him to change the scope of the book, and spent the summer driving 12,000 miles around Great Britain and Ireland, writing a guidebook to country restaurants, inns, and hotels. He visited over 150 establishments, and included 138 in the book; 91 establishments in England, 13 in Scotland, eight in Wales, and 26 in Ireland. The two places in the British Isles that he did not visit were Northern Ireland, saying that he did not feel comfortable recommending any place where he was afraid to visit, and the Channel Islands due to a lack of available time. Originally titled A Lover's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland Woods realised married couples may feel alienated, and changed it to A Romantic's Guide ..., defining a "romantic" as a person " who is susceptible to charm" in addition to The Concise Oxford Dictionary's definition of someone "given to romance, imagination ... visionary ... professing grandeur of picturesqueness or passion or irregular beauty to finish and proportion." The novel Chiefs and its televisi.... Discover the Stuart Woods popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Stuart Woods books.

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  • A Delicate Touch synopsis, comments

    A Delicate Touch

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington uncovers a societal minefield in this exhilarating adventure from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Stuart Woods.When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Ba...

  • Carnal Curiosity synopsis, comments

    Carnal Curiosity

    Stuart Woods

    When crime hits Manhattan’s rarefied circles, Stone Barrington finds himself in the bull’seye in this #1 New York Times bestseller.Stone Barrington seems to have a knack ...

  • Swimming to Catalina synopsis, comments

    Swimming to Catalina

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington thought he'd heard the last of former girlfriend Arrington after she left him to marry Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest star. The last thing Stone expected was a ...

  • Collateral Damage synopsis, comments

    Collateral Damage

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington returns to the Big Apple in this New York Times bestselling thriller that blends “exciting action, sophisticated gadgetry, and lastminute heroics” (Publishers Week...

  • Double Jeopardy synopsis, comments

    Double Jeopardy

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington faces down danger on all sides in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods.Stone Barrington is settling in for a stretch in New York when he re...

  • Below the Belt synopsis, comments

    Below the Belt

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington lands in hot water in this thrilling adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.   Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female ...

  • Dirt synopsis, comments

    Dirt

    Stuart Woods

    The second novel in the thrilling Stone Barrington Series by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Stuart Woods"Blackmail, murder, suspense, lovewhat else could you want in a book?"...

  • Treason synopsis, comments

    Treason

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington takes on a scheming rebel in this latest actionpacked thriller from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Stuart Woods.Upon returning to New York City after a whirlw...

  • Turbulence synopsis, comments

    Turbulence

    Stuart Woods

    In the electrifying new thriller from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington finds himself pitted against both man and nature.Stone Barrington and sever...

  • Worst Fears Realized synopsis, comments

    Worst Fears Realized

    Stuart Woods

    Not a man to dwell on the past, Stone Barrington has no choice but to rattle old skeletons when the people closest to him start dying, and he has little to go on but the suspicion ...

  • Shoot First synopsis, comments

    Shoot First

    Stuart Woods

    In the latest nonstop adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must defend a woman whose businessand lifeare under threat.Stone Barrington...

  • Doing Hard Time synopsis, comments

    Doing Hard Time

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington allies with a former foe when his west coast vacation turns into a dangerous situation in this riveting novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.When...

  • Strategic Moves synopsis, comments

    Strategic Moves

    Stuart Woods

    In this New York Times bestseller from Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington gets a big payday and gets set up for an even bigger fall...Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at E...

  • Smooth Operator synopsis, comments

    Smooth Operator

    Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series comes the first novel in an extraordinary series starring an old fan favorite: Teddy Fay. When Presiden...

  • Hit List synopsis, comments

    Hit List

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington faces down a vengeful miscreant in this latest heartstopping thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling authorWhen Stone Barrington finds his name on a hit li...

  • Hush-Hush synopsis, comments

    Hush-Hush

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cuttingedge tactics in this heartracing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.Stone Barrington is settling in for some dow...

  • Unbound synopsis, comments

    Unbound

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance in the newest novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.In the...

  • Foreign Affairs synopsis, comments

    Foreign Affairs

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington’s trip to Europe turns into an international incident in this edgeofyourseat thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.When he’s apprise...

  • New York Dead synopsis, comments

    New York Dead

    Stuart Woods

    The first novel in the thrilling Stone Barrington Series by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Stuart WoodsEveryone is always telling Stone Barrington that he's too smart to be a...

  • Dead in the Water synopsis, comments

    Dead in the Water

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and excop gets instead is t...

  • Stealth synopsis, comments

    Stealth

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington must trap a ruthless defector in this heartstopping thriller from fan favorite Stuart Woods.Stone Barrington is trying to enjoy some downtime at his English retrea...

  • Contraband synopsis, comments

    Contraband

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington is caught in the web of a national smuggling operation in the latest actionpacked thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.Stone Barrington is gettin...

  • Indecent Exposure synopsis, comments

    Indecent Exposure

    Stuart Woods

    In this actionpacked adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington learns that privacy is hard to come by when you’re one of the rich and ...

  • Lucid Intervals synopsis, comments

    Lucid Intervals

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington takes on a beautiful new client who’s nothing but trouble in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Stone Barrington and his former cop p...

  • Paris Match synopsis, comments

    Paris Match

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington finds himself in a dark place in the City of Light in this international thriller in Stuart Woods’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.When some business arrange...

  • Standup Guy synopsis, comments

    Standup Guy

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington’s newest client brings mayhem in his wake in this “edgeofyourseat adventure” in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.After giving some legal advice t...

  • Desperate Measures synopsis, comments

    Desperate Measures

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington faces down danger on New York's mean streets in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods.Upon returning to the states from a European jaunt, St...

  • Insatiable Appetites synopsis, comments

    Insatiable Appetites

    Stuart Woods

    Secrets and seduction are temptations Stone Barrington can’t resist, and in this actionpacked thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, he encounters plenty o...

  • Scandalous Behavior synopsis, comments

    Scandalous Behavior

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington will need to keep calm and carry on if he wants to survive his English vacation in this “addictive” thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series....

  • D.C. Dead synopsis, comments

    D.C. Dead

    Stuart Woods

    Old friends converge on a new case when Stone Barrington is called to America’s capital in this explosive thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.After a shocking loss...

  • Choppy Water synopsis, comments

    Choppy Water

    Stuart Woods

    In this exhilarating new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must go up against an enemy with deadly intentionsand ideologies.Stone Ba...

  • Bel-Air Dead synopsis, comments

    Bel-Air Dead

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington discovers that all the botox in BelAir can’t keep its biggest power players from cracking under pressure in this New York Times bestseller.Stone is no stranger to ...

  • Hot Pursuit synopsis, comments

    Hot Pursuit

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington and his new love rack up the frequentflier miles with a stalker on their trail in this thrilling adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.It’s not oft...

  • Son of Stone synopsis, comments

    Son of Stone

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington is faced with the biggest challenge of his life as Stuart Woods’s #1 New York Times bestselling series continues...After an eventful trip to BelAir and a reunion w...

  • Cut and Thrust synopsis, comments

    Cut and Thrust

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington enters a cutthroat game where only the canniest player can come out on top in this exceptional thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods...

  • Fast and Loose synopsis, comments

    Fast and Loose

    Stuart Woods

    In this explosive thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington’s newest foe has a short fuse...and it’s just been lit.Stone Barrington is enjoy...

  • Naked Greed synopsis, comments

    Naked Greed

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington gets involved in some dangerous business in this outstanding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.   Stone Barrington isn’t on...

  • Shakeup synopsis, comments

    Shakeup

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington must track down an enemy intent on disturbing law and order in the latest actionpacked thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.Upon returning from a...

  • Unintended Consequences synopsis, comments

    Unintended Consequences

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington finds intrigue abroad in this sensational thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and dece...

  • Severe Clear synopsis, comments

    Severe Clear

    Stuart Woods

    Someone wants to crash Stone Barrington’s party in this New York Times bestseller in Stuart Woods’s thrilling series. Stone Barrington is in BelAir, overseeing the grand opening of...

  • Family Jewels synopsis, comments

    Family Jewels

    Stuart Woods

    When Stone Barrington takes on a wealthy heiress as his client, he finds himself handling a whole lot of trouble in this “this glossy, modern take on the classic detective story” (...

  • The Money Shot synopsis, comments

    The Money Shot

    Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall

    In this exhilarating adventure from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Stuart Woods, Teddy Fay races to stop a scheme of extortion and a hostile takeover.Ever a man of mystery and...

  • Dishonorable Intentions synopsis, comments

    Dishonorable Intentions

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington gains an adversary that he can’t seem to shake in this electrifying adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Stone Barrington’s latest lady frie...

  • Unnatural Acts synopsis, comments

    Unnatural Acts

    Stuart Woods

    In this actionpacked thriller in Stuart Woods’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, Stone Barrington discovers that some jobs don’t pay… When a hedge fund billionaire hires Ston...

  • Wild Card synopsis, comments

    Wild Card

    Stuart Woods

    Stone Barrington clashes with a determined adversary in the latest nonstop thriller from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Stuart Woods.Stone Barrington and his latest paramour a...